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We can no longer ignore that extremist groups use the internet as a weapon of war

Raoul Wallenberg

Social media and the internet enables terrorist groups to disseminate propaganda, advertise their crimes, incite violence, radicalize and persuade disenfranchised young adults to join their hateful cause.

As the fight against religious extremism increasingly takes place in cyberspace, what can governments, international organizations, civil society groups and individual citizens do to counter online extremism?

The Digital Mass Atrocity Prevention Lab (DMAP Lab) is a policy hub working to combat genocidal ideologies online and work as a counter force against extremists and their ideas.

Our goals

  • Research and analyze key actors and drivers of online extremism and radicalization
  • Develop tools and strategies to counter extremists who use social media and other digital technologies as a weapon of war
  • Propose policy recommendations to governments, NGOs, UN agencies and other stakeholders
  • Provide specialized training and policy advice
  • Bring together policymakers, journalists, academics, tech expects, human rights activists and community leaders to create a global network as a force for good
Professional Training Program on Countering Violent Extremism  (coming soon, October 2016)

Media (selection)

List is updated regularly but please please check our newsletter for most recent coverage of these issues 

« Que fait le Canada pour contrer l'EI sur internet? », interview de Marie Lamensch, L'Heure Juste, ICI-Radio-Canada, 29 Mars, 2016.

“Canada urged to fight ISIS online”, interview with Kyle Matthews, Radio Canada International, March 29, 2016.

“Our mission against ISIL has one major flaw — it ignores the Internet”, Kyle Matthews and Chantalle Gonzalez, National Post, March 22, 2016. 

Kyle Matthews and Marie Lamensch are featured in Deutsche Welle's “Global Media Forum 2015 Summary”

“The new face of extremists”, interview to Kyle Matthews, The Kingston Whig Standard, November 16, 2015

“Experts say Liberal counter-radicalization office should bridge, not drive, regional efforts” Kyle Matthews quotes by iPolitics, 2 November 2015

“ISIS rampage: How can social media fight back?” , Ayesha Salim, IDGConnect, August 29, 2015

“Kyle Matthews and the fight against digital jihad.” Deutsche Welle, June 16,  2015.

“Abschalten oder Argumentieren?” WDR,  June 24,  215.

“Europol gegen IS-Propaganda im Netz.” Deutsche Welle, July 1, 2015

Kyle Matthews spoke with Dan Delmar at CJAD on the methods used by extremist groups , June 8, 2015

 “Engagement, not censorship is the best way to fight extremists on social media”, Kimberley Curtis, The Dallas Morning News, April 17

“Montreal researchers launch online anti-radicalization project”,  iPolitics, April 24, 2015

"Activists using social media to fight jihadists" Sidharta Banerjee, The Canadian Press

Un groupe montréalais veut s'attaquer aux djihadistes sur l'internet - La Presse, June 1, 2015

Sur le terrain de jeu des extremistes  - Le Devoir, May 31, 2015

Marie Lamensch - "The Dangerous Myth of the Female Foreign Fighter" –

Kyle Matthews - "Five ways to fight ISIS online"  -, February 24, 2015

Marie Lamensch - "Bienvenue dans l'ère du djihadisme numérique" Huffington Post Quebec,  Feb 11

Activists seek to stop terrorist propaganda online, Radio Canada International

Kyle Matthews-  "Fighting the cyber jihadists", The National Post,  Feb 8, 2015

Kyle Matthews with Jaime Orchard on Focus Montreal - Global News

ISIS propaganda to be tracked by Montreal-based project if enough funds are raised, CBC Daybreak, Feb 4, 2015

"Governments should fund organizations that challenge ISIS online," says Kyle MatthewsCBC Homerun, Dec 8, 2015



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